Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dramas & Plays - August 2021

Dramas and plays of the fiction genre are based on stories of certain characters, relationship conflicts, tragedies. The characters portrayed in these stories follow a script. In addition, most novels focus on social problems, such as alcoholism, drug addiction, racism, poverty, violence, corruption, class issues, intolerance, sexuality, religion, etc. These scripted scenes are easy to transform into a visual play. Often, these plays exhibit social and natural disasters. However, drama is written in dialogue, whereas a play can be performed on the stage. Dramas and play genres often mix with other genres. Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Dramas & Plays.

1. A Raisin in the Sun

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dramas & Plays - August 2021

This groundbreaking play starred Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeill, Ruby Dee and Diana Sands in the Broadway production which opened in 1959. Set on Chicago's South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and matriarch Lena, called Mama. When her deceased husband's insurance money comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans, however: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. Sacrifice, trust and love among the Younger family and their heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration. Winner of the NY Drama Critic's Award as Best Play of the Year, it has been hailed as a "pivotal play in the history of the American Black theatre." by Newsweek and "a milestone in the American Theatre." by Ebony.

  • Author: Lorraine Hansberry
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint, Reissue edition (November 29, 2004)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0679755333
  • Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.9 inches


2. 19 Yellow Moon Road (Sisterhood Book 33)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dramas & Plays - August 2021

The Sisterhood: a group of women from all walks of life bound by friendship and years of adventure. Armed with vast resources, top-notch expertise, and a loyal network of allies around the globe, the Sisterhood will not rest until every wrong is made right.   Maggie Spritzer’s nose for a story doesn’t just make her a top-notch newspaper editor, it also tells her when to go the extra mile for a friend. When she gets a strange message from her journalism pal, Gabby Richardson, Maggie knows her services are needed. Gabby has become involved with The Haven, a commune that promises to guide its members toward a more spiritually fulfilling life. But Gabby’s enthusiasm has turned to distrust ever since she was refused permission to leave the compound to visit her sick mother.   Maggie wants to learn more about The Haven, and the Sisterhood is eager to help. It turns out The Haven’s founders are the sons of a disgraced Chicago businessmen in prison for running a Ponzi scheme. They also have connections to a Miami billionaire with dubious sidelines. Soon, the Sisterhood gang embark on a search—and uncover a web of crime that runs deeper and higher than they ever imagined. And they’ll need all their special skills to bring it down . . .   Praise for Fern Michaels   “Michaels’s highly developed skills as a storyteller are evident in the affable characters and suspenseful plot.”  —Publishers Weekly on Deep Harbor

  • Author: Fern Michaels
  • Publisher: Zebra Books (December 28, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction


3. You Deserve Better: What Life Has Taught Me About Love, Relationships, and Becoming Your Best Self

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dramas & Plays - August 2021

From the  Bachelorette  breakout heartthrob,  You Deserve Better  will combine Tyler Cameron's life story with a guide for both men and women to building healthy relationships in the tricky world of modern dating, proving why he's the male feminist we never knew we needed. Tyler Cameron impressed fans on  The   Bachelorette with his ability to discuss difficult topics with a level of emotional intelligence perhaps never seen on reality television. Things like consent and boundaries, respect for women and their decisions, the roots of toxic masculinity in insecurity, and more, he espoused with confidence and genuineness. Tyler seems like a unicorn. He got the world's attention simply by demonstrating a full grasp of respect and no fear of vulnerability and honesty. But shouldn't this be the norm? In this book he'll show that every person deserves a partner who understands and values them, with advice on how to seek out someone like this and how to behave like this for your own someone. Part memoir, part how-to guide for anyone lost in the world of modern dating, and interspersed with practical tips on how to find and foster a meaningful relationship,  You Deserve Better  will show readers how Tyler C. became Tyler C., the story his fans are dying to know.

  • Author: Tyler Cameron
  • Publisher: Plume (July 27, 2021)
  • Genre: Self-Help, Relationships
  • ISBN: 978-0593183564
  • Dimensions: 6.21 x 1.12 x 9.29 inches


4. Macbeth (Folger Shakespeare Library)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dramas & Plays - August 2021

The authoritative edition of Macbeth from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers. In 1603, James VI of Scotland ascended the English throne, becoming James I of England. London was alive with an interest in all things Scottish, and Shakespeare turned to Scottish history for material. He found a spectacle of violence and stories of traitors advised by witches and wizards, echoing James’s belief in a connection between treason and witchcraft. In depicting a man who murders to become king, Macbeth teases us with huge questions. Is Macbeth tempted by fate, or by his or his wife’s ambition? Why does their success turn to ashes? Like other plays, Macbeth speaks to each generation. Its story was once seen as that of a hero who commits an evil act and pays an enormous price. Recently, it has been applied to nations that overreach themselves and to modern alienation. The line is blurred between Macbeth’s evil and his opponents’ good, and there are new attitudes toward both witchcraft and gender. The edition includes: -Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play -Newly revised explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play -Scene-by-scene plot summaries -A key to the play’s famous lines and phrases -An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language -An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play -Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books -An up-to-date annotated guide to further reading Essay by Susan Snyder The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit

  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (July 1, 2003)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Dramas & Plays
  • ISBN: 978-0743477109
  • Dimensions: 4.19 x 0.9 x 6.75 inches


5. The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dramas & Plays - August 2021

Based on historical people and real events, Arthur Miller's play uses the destructive power of socially sanctioned violence unleashed by the rumors of witchcraft as a powerful parable about McCarthyism.

  • Author: Arthur Miller
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (March 25, 2003)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Dramas & Plays
  • ISBN: 978-0142437339
  • Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.45 x 7.7 inches


6. The Pursuit of Love

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dramas & Plays - August 2021

Mitford’s most enduringly popular novel, The Pursuit of Love is a classic comedy about growing up and falling in love among the privileged and eccentric. Soon to be an original series on Prime Video. Mitford modeled her characters on her own famously unconventional family. We are introduced to the Radletts through the eyes of their cousin Fanny, who stays with them at Alconleigh, their Gloucestershire estate. Uncle Matthew is the blustering patriarch, known to hunt his children when foxes are scarce; Aunt Sadie is the vague but doting mother; and the seven Radlett children, despite the delights of their unusual childhood, are recklessly eager to grow up. The first of three novels featuring these characters, The Pursuit of Love follows the travails of Linda, the most beautiful and wayward Radlett daughter, who falls first for a stuffy Tory politician, then an ardent Communist, and finally a French duke named Fabrice. Featuring an introduction by Zoë Heller.

  • Author: Nancy Mitford
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; 1st edition (August 10, 2010)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Dramas & Plays
  • ISBN: 978-0307740816
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches


7. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dramas & Plays - August 2021

The official playscript of the original West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. The playscript for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was originally released as a 'special rehearsal edition' alongside the opening of Jack Thorne's play in London's West End in summer 2016. Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, the play opened to rapturous reviews from theatregoers and critics alike, while the official playscript became an immediate global bestseller. This definitive and final playscript updates the 'special rehearsal edition' with the conclusive and final dialogue from the play, which has subtly changed since its rehearsals, as well as a conversation piece between director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne, who share stories and insights about reading playscripts. This edition also includes useful background information including the Potter family tree and a timeline of events from the Wizarding World prior to the beginning of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child .

  • Author: J.K. Rowling
  • Publisher: Pottermore Publishing (July 25, 2017)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Children's eBooks


8. Don Quixote

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dramas & Plays - August 2021

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick Edith Grossman's definitive English translation of the Spanish masterpiece, in an expanded P.S. edition Widely regarded as one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the adventures of the self-created knight-errant Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain. You haven't experienced Don Quixote in English until you've read this masterful translation. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

  • Author: Miguel de Cervantes
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1st edition (January 29, 2009)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government


9. All Summer Long: A Novel

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dramas & Plays - August 2021

Dorothea Benton Frank novels are filled with smart and witty fiction that every reader wants on their bookshelf: soulful, edgy stories about realistic characters familiar to us all that explore the most deeply felt moments of life with wry humor and heart. All Summer Long follows one charming New York couple – prominent interior designer Olivia Ritchie and her husband Nicholas Seymour, an English professor and true southern gentleman.  They are seemingly polar opposites, yet magnetically drawn together and in love for more than fourteen years. As they prepare to relocate to Charleston, S.C., Olivia, the ultimate New Yorker, has reservations about the promise she made to retire in the Lowcountry, where Nick wants to return home and lead a more peaceful life.  They are moving north to south, fast pace versus slow pace and downsizing.  Nick is ecstatic.  Olivia is not.   She can’t let Nick know that their finances are not what he thought.   Her client list is evaporating, their monetary reserves are dwindling and maybe that house she picked out on Sullivans Island needs too much work.  Thank God, for her assistant, Roni Larini, her right (and sometimes left) hand.  As they find themselves pondering the next step of their lives, Olivia and Nick travel with her billionaire clients and their friends and are swept up into the world of the ultra-rich and explore the globe with a cast of zany eccentrics over one tumultuous, hot summer. All as Olivia grapples with what lies ahead for her and Nick. This is a story of how plans evolve and lives change in unexpected ways, how even those who have everything are still looking for something more.  Even the most successful people can often struggle to keep things together.  All Summer Long asks the ultimate question: can money buy happiness?  From Sullivans Island to Necker Island to Nantucket to the beaches of Southern Spain, we’ll come to recognize the many faces of true love, love that deepens and endures but only because one woman makes a tremendous leap of faith. And that leap changes everything.

  • Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (May 31, 2016)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction


10. Wayward: A novel

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Dramas & Plays - August 2021

“An urgent, deeply moving, wholly original novel by one of the most wildly talented writers in America." —George Saunders A “furious and addictive new novel” ( The New York Times ) about mothers and daughters, and one woman's midlife reckoning as she flees her suburban life, from the renowned author of Stone Arabia and Eat the Document On the heels of the election of 2016, Samantha Raymond's life begins to come apart: her mother is ill, her teenage daughter is increasingly remote, and at fifty-two she finds herself staring into "the Mids"--that hour of supreme wakefulness between three and four in the morning in which women of a certain age suddenly find themselves contemplating motherhood, mortality, and, in this case, the state of our unraveling nation. When she falls in love with a beautiful, decrepit house in a hardscrabble neighborhood in Syracuse, she buys it on a whim and flees her suburban life--and her family--as she grapples with how to be a wife, a mother, and a daughter, in a country that is coming apart at the seams. Dana Spiotta's Wayward is a stunning novel about aging, about the female body, and about female difficulty--female complexity--in the age of Trump. Probing and provocative, brainy and sensual, it is a testament to our weird, off-kilter America, to reforms and resistance and utopian wishes, and to the beauty of ruins. Tremendous new work from one of the most gifted writers of her generation.

  • Author: Dana Spiotta
  • Publisher: Knopf (July 6, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Dramas & Plays
  • ISBN: 978-0593318737
  • Dimensions: 5.72 x 1.13 x 9.52 inches